Did you read the Catching Fire, The Help or Front Burner? These are just a few of the titles that were reviewed on the Library Summer Reading Blog this summer. As editor of the blog I read them all. The books reviewed covered everything from young adult (YA) dystopias to Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole. There were also memoirs, literary fiction and plays. The reviewers were a mix of SMCM students, staff and alumni.
I am a big fan of book statistics so here are some stats from the 2012 blog;
55 reviews were posted
41 were fiction reviews
14 non-fiction reviews
5 reviewers submitted more than 6 reviews
3 reviewers submitted only 1 review
1 reviewer submitted 10 reviews
YA series were by far the most popular titles reviewed this summer. Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games led the way with six reviews, but other series such as Scott Westerfeld’s steampunk series Leviathan, Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms all made a good showing with at least two books reviewed from each set. The non-fiction reviews were dominated by memoirs including Tina Fey’s Bossypants. And, well, I’m not sure what to call Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Both our reviewers agree that despite the vampires, it “reads like a history lesson,“ but not on whether you should read it or not.
Mandy Reinig was our top reviewer and wins the bag of library swag.